One of the oldest suburbs of Grand Rapids, Grandville is a city in Michigan, 25 miles from Lake Michigan. Its ideal location and historic appeal have made it a desirable location for retirees. Besides that, Grandville is home to a quaint downtown, a relaxed environment, and many recreational activities.
Climate & Geography
Western Michigan has a continental climate type, which means the area experiences all four seasons, with summers that are warm and short, while winters are cold and snowy. The Grand Rapids area experiences some maritime effects from its proximity to Lake Michigan, including delayed heating and cooling in the spring and fall months, as well as some lake effect snow in the winter. Residents can expect expect an average amount of rainfall, much more snowfall than the national average, and approximately 163 sunny days throughout each year.
The surrounding terrain is mostly flat land made up of suburban, residential neighborhoods. The Grand River runs along the northern border of the city.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Grandville is home to a relaxed environment with a tight-knit neighborly feel. This can be found in its historic district where residents can find plenty of antique shops and galleries. Downtown, there are many breweries and restaurants. The main shopping center of Grandville is Rivertown Crossings, their downtown market and the largest shopping outlet around. Other recreational activities would include the bowling alleys and indoor and outdoor golf courses, such as Loeschner’s Village Green.
As a suburb of Grand Rapids, the town is a short drive away, providing even more shopping, dining, and entertainment options to choose from.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The overall cost of living in Grandville is higher than the state average, but lower than the national average. Utilities are the highest cost of living index, just barely above the national average, while grocery, healthcare, housing, and transportation costs are all below average.
Michigan fully exempts Social Security benefits, military pensions, and railroad retirement benefits from taxation. Other forms of retirement income are taxed at the state’s flat tax rate of 4.25 percent, but much of this is deductible. Both sales and property taxes in the state are higher than average.
The Grand Rapids metro area scores well on Gallup’s Well-Being Index, ranking in the top 35 communities in the U.S.
Although there are no hospitals in Grandville, there are plenty of high-quality health care facilities within a 15-mile radius. Metro Health-University of Michigan Health-Wyoming, Mercy Health St. Mary's Campus, Spectrum Health-Butterworth and Blodgett Campuses, Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital are all rated high performing in various adult procedures and conditions according to U.S. News.